Donald Trump continues his assault on Georgia Republican political leaders, calling on Gov. Brian Kemp to resign and accusing the secretary of state’s brother of having illicit ties to China.
Wednesday morning Trump tweeted that Kemp “should resign from office. He is an obstructionist who refuses to admit that we won Georgia, BIG!”
That missive follows a pair of Tuesday night tweets in which Trump declared “I love the Great State of Georgia, but the people who run it, from the Governor, Brian Kemp, to the Secretary of State, are a complete disaster and don’t have a clue. Nobody can be this stupid.” The president also then falsely alleged that the brother of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “works for China.”
Trump’s reference to “Brad R’s brother” was another instance of the president spreading baseless conspiracy theories that he picks up on one of his new favorite TV networks. Newsmax aired a segment on Tuesday claiming that Raffensperger’s brother works for the Chinese technology company Huawei and therefore had some way of altering the tabulations of Georgia’s voting machines in President-elect Joe Biden’s favor.
A number of news outlets pounced on that outlandish accusation, with some reporting that it was an impossibility because the Georgia official does not have a brother. Well, that turns out not to be exactly true. On Wednesday Georgia Public Broadcasting News cleared up the matter:
“GPB News has confirmed via public documents and records that Raffensperger does have four siblings, including a brother, but none of them are named Ron, none work for Chinese technology companies nor have any ties to voting machine vendors used by Georgia to conduct its elections or to count five million votes three separate times to confirm that Joe Biden won the state’s electoral votes.”